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THE DINGO DOG

an individual has been known to be partly flayed before moving.
Dingo remains have been found in river-gravels in Australia
where no human remains have been detected. This argues for its
indigeneity; but, on the other hand, it has been pointed out that
man himself in the Australian continent goes back a very long

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way into time, and may thus still have imported this companion
with him. Anyhow it is quite a wild creature now. Dr. Nehring,
an expert investigator into the subject of domestic animals, has
stated that the skeleton of the Dingo does not suggest a feral
animal at all but a purely wild race.
The Domestic Dog is usually spoken of as Oanis familiaris;
but to remains in bone caverns the name of C. ferus or O. tnikii
has been given. There seems to be no doubt that the Dog was
the " friend of man ** in very early times. Its remains have been
met with in Danish kitchen-middens, in the lake-dwellings of
the Swiss lakes, and during the Bronze Age in Europe generally.
But " there are few more vexed questions in the archaeology of
natural history than the origin of the dog." Its remains already
yefeired to may in many cases have argued its use as food. But
in a Neolithic harrow a Dog was found buried with a woman, the